snh published by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Nearly 30 Years of Volleyball Are Family Tradition Pictured left to right: Gio Meier, Terry Heath, John Anderson and his daughter Kristen. Terry Heath, Gio Meier and John Glassmen began playing volleyball at the JCC of Greater New Haven in the mid 80’s and have continued for nearly thirty years. Now in their fifties, they reflect on how this sport has effected their lives and friendships. march - april 2014 / adar I - adar II - nisan 5774 Jewish Foundation and Federation Award $1,000,000 in Matching Grant Program Grants Support Area Synagogues and Agencies is scheduled to be awarded during the In August 2013, the Jewish Federation first half of 2014. For many New Haven of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Jewish institutions, the timing couldn’t Foundation announced an aggressive be better. For the past five years, the $1,000,000 matching grant program struggling economy has aimed at energizing and put many organizations growing the local Jewish “This grant is in distress. Everything community. The goal was truly a Godsend from roof replacements, for it to be a comprestocking food pantries and hensive effort, impacting and statement capital improvements were an array of organizaof faith by the put on hold. Now, agencies tions and needs. In the Jewish Federation and synagogues receiving last few days of 2013, the Federation and and Foundation.” this first wave can restore and revive, or expand, Foundation announced – Jonathan Garfinkle programs crucial to the the completion of JFS Executive Director community. Tranche One of the program with the awarding A few case studies demonof $500,000. Grants were distributed to strate the significanceof this program to 10 separate organizations. the quality of life in Greater New Haven. The amount represents half of total The first is Jewish Family Service of grant monies. The remaining $500,000 New Haven: Their goal was to expand Passover Apple Cake The JCC of Greater New Haven invites all families to bond and grow through its recreational programs. For more information, contact program director Debra Kirschner at (203) 387-2522 ext. 253. Another recipient, Westville Synagogue, found itself limited in the programs it could offer and in months it could not operate because of an antiquated air conditioner unit. The summer months left the synagogue virtually uninhabitable. Even in September, doors had to Grants, continued on page 4... Pareve Filling Batter 6 McIntosh or 4 Granny Smith apples, 6 eggs peeled and sliced 2 cups of sugar ¾ cup sugar 1 cup oil 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 cups cake meal Juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons potato starch 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine all filling ingredients and let stand 5 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, prepare batter. Beat eggs with sugar, oil, cake meal and potato starch. 4. Pour half of batter into a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Add apple filling and spread batter over filling. 5. Bake 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out dry. The JCC courts continued to bring people together when Meier played with his future wife, Pam. The couple and their daughters play recreational and beach volleyball in their free time. “The JCC has provided a wonderful place for families to play volleyball and Debra, the program director, has been very successful in creating one of the strongest power leagues in the state,” said Glassmen. the scope of their existing emergency food service into a multi-functional Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Clinic. “We felt we needed to not only reach more people who are vulnerable but also provide more services, both social and health related,” said Executive Director Jonathan Garfinkle. “This grant is truly a Godsend and statement of faith by the Jewish Federation and Foundation. We appreciate their investment in us so we can, in turn, assist those most in need.” Celebrate Passover with Recipes from Tastes and Traditions Cookbook Heath played for the USA Volleyball Association (USVBA) of NY, and despite a recent surgery resulting in three stints, continues to play on the JCC league at age fifty-two. His two friends and teammates still live in the area and play alongside. Meier also plays with the USUVB. Meier’s and Glassmen’s daughters have followed in their fathers’ footsteps. For the last twenty years, Kristen Glassmen has played with her father at the JCC, at Amity High School and at Trinity College in Hartford. Danica Meier is a budding volleyball player at Daniel Hand High School who also plays at the Sound Volleyball Club. Katherine Meier has had the opportunity to play in the JCC league with her dad. While playing on the high school club team, she filled in as a substitute at the JCC on her dad’s team when needed. She now plays for Macalester College in MN and plays at the JCC during her winter and spring breaks. non-profit org. U.S. postage paid permit #2134 New Haven, CT SHALOM NEW HAVEN If you like this recipe, you’ll love all the recipes in Tastes and Traditions – the JCC’s community cookbook. Proceeds benefit JCC programming. Special $25. Available at the JCC reception desk, (203) 387-2522. Beckerman Lecture Series to Debut in April with Celebrity Food Presentations Thanks to the generosity of David Beckerman and family, the JCC’s annual spring lecture series, formerly known as Perspectives, will return this year, revamped and renamed. Information-seekers and life-long learners of all ages will enjoy this season, entitled Celebrity Tastemakers, exploring the history, art and conscience of cuisine. April 3, Mark Russ Federman of New York’s iconic Russ and Daughters restaurant hosts a smoked fish and vodka tasting, followed by a multimedia presentation of his recent book, Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built. May 1, world-renowned chef Jacques Pepin converses with WNPR’s Faith Middleton, host of The Food Schmooze. Pepin is Dean at the French Culinary Institute and creator of more than 20 cookbooks and 11 cooking shows. Prior to the lecture, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres based on Pepin’s classic recipes. June 12, ponder the ethics of the food industry with entrepreneurs Barry Nalebuff, co-founder of Honest Tea, and Tom Scott, co-founder of Nantucket Nectars. Nalebuff and Scott explore building successful conscienteous food businesses while local, organic desserts and cocktails are served. All events begin at 5:30 pm in the JCC Vine Auditorium and cost $25 for JCC members or $30 for non-members. Kosher catering will be provided by Abel Catering. For more information, contact DeDe Jacobs-Komisar: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets at jccnh.org.